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Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance

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The Ford 351 Cleveland Engine is without a doubt so iconic in American Muscle folklore, yet at the same time it is a bit mysterious. TheMotorBookstore staff writer of this description is truly feeling "charged" and "honored" to even write about this beloved engine.

This Ford 351 Cleveland Engines How to Build for Max Performance manual, authored by George Reid, is a superb manual. George's obvious in-depth knowledge of the overall engineering of the Ford 335 engine series, especially the 351 Cleveland, is leveraged beautifully to not only layout out step-by-step instructions for maximizing the performance of your 351 Cleveland but he also offers detailed, yet easy to understand technical reasons that logically support the performance options and steps he offers. This manual also covers the 351M and 400M engines.

The performance enhancing advice and steps outlined throughout the manual are tailored to your specific performance goals. The author does not believe that performance enhancements to the 351 Cleveland are a one size fits all approach. In the "Building Basics" chapter, George stresses that you must first specifically decide what you want the Cleveland to do performance wise and plan/tailor your performance choices to achieve your specific goals - examples for various specific performance goals are offered with architecture choices that you should consider to achieve your goals.

TheMotorBookstore highly recommends this manual as a "must have" for DIYers that want to get the most out of their 351 Cleveland projects.

Subject: Ford 351 Cleveland Engines - How to Build for Max Performance ISBN-10: 1613250487 | ISBN-13: 9781613250488 | CarTech Books SA252


  • Intro
    • Discusses facts about the manufacturing of the 335 series engines
    • Provides examples and photos of performance topics
  • Engine Building Overview
    • Stresses importance of organization prior to starting project
    • Details about the compression ratios
    • Lays out the physics behind power
    • Detailed section about building a Cleveland Stroker
  • Block Details for 335 series
    • How to prepare the block
    • How to identify the Cleveland
    • Thread chasing and fastener recommendations
  • Assembly of the Rotating Parts
    • Includes Crankshaft, Pistons, Connecting Rods
    • Includes Flywheel, Balancer and displacement details
    • Cleveland Stroker Kit Details and Buying Tips
    • Cleveland Tolerance dimensions for all rotating parts
  • Lubrication Performance Details
    • Includes Oiling Systems
    • Includes Oil Pump blueprinting
  • Cylinder Head Performance Topics
    • Head Prep, Factory Iron Heads
    • List of Cylinder Head Aftermarket Sources with detailed performance description differences of each
  • Camshaft and Valve-train Performance Topics
    • Includes details about Street and Race Cams
    • Valvetrain and Lifters performance details
    • Cleveland Stroker Kit Details and Buying Tips
    • Cleveland Tolerance dimensions for all rotating parts
  • Induction Performance Details
    • Carburetion and Carburetion Sources, including Holley, Edelbrock, Demon, Proform, Exotic Ford Carbs, and Weber Induction
    • Intake Manifold Performance Enhancing Steps
    • List of Electronic Fuel Injection Sources and performance differences
    • Nitrous Oxide Utilization and Tips
    • Turbocharging and Supercharging
  • Ignition Performance Details
    • Includes ignition timing, quick fire, spark knock
    • Includes Ignition Coils, Electronic Ignition and Breaker-Point Ignition
    • Includes a list of Distributor Sources and pros/cons of each (MSD, Mallory, Performance Distributors and Crane)
    • Includes Magnetos, Wires, Spark Plugs and Distributor Cap details
  • Exhaust System Performance Topics
    • How to select the right Header and calculate the primary tube size
    • Covers secondary tubes and collectors
    • Includes Tri-Y, Step and Equal-Length Header details
  • Tuning and Break-In Performance Topics
  • Power Builders - an Introduction to respected 335 series specialists
    • 400 Horse - MCE Engines and TMeyer, Inc.
    • 500 Horse - Trick Flow Specialties
    • Horsepower Monster 400 - Jeff Huneycutt
    • 600 Horse - JGM Performance Engineering
    • 400 Proof Positive - Richard Holdener

  • Publisher: CarTech Books
  • Author: George Reid
  • Pages: 144 - 450 color photos
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-61325-048-8
  • Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance